Celebrations as new priests and deacons are ordained
6th July 2015
Ordination services took centre stage over the weekend across the Diocese with seven candidates being ordained deacon and a further six as priest.
Church of England candidates who are called to ordained ministry are presented to their bishop at this time of the year at special services and deacons usually serve for one year before being presented again for ordination to the priesthood.
The Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows, ordained five priests in Sheffield Cathedral on Saturday, 4 July. The Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft, ordained the deacons at the same venue on the morning of Sunday, 5 July.
A further service also took place in Swinton on Sunday where a further priest was ordained by the Bishop of Beverley.
The candidates come from all different walks of life. One of the candidates to be ordained a deacon, Neil Marchant used to work both as a teacher and a nurse. He said: “It is a real privilege to be ordained a deacon, I am looking forward to the road ahead with all its excitement, potentials and possibilities”. A full interview with Neil can be seen on the Diocese’s YouTube Channel.